The failed take a look at solely got here to mild throughout the Winter Olympics, and it stays unclear if the drug take a look at controversy will see the medal revoked.
The scandal continues to delay the awarding of medals to all three groups, silver for Crew USA and bronze for Crew Japan.
“The choice on the outcomes of the ROC workforce within the Crew Determine Skating occasion may be taken … solely after a ultimate determination on the total deserves of the case has been taken,” the ITA mentioned.
The case shall be heard by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with a choice wanted earlier than the determine skating star’s subsequent occasion — the ladies’s singles brief program — on Tuesday, during which she is favourite to take gold.
In that listening to, the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) will problem a choice by the Russian Anti-Doping Company (RUSADA) to carry a provisional suspension on the skater, in accordance with the ITA.
Responding to the controversy, the ROC mentioned Valieva had “repeatedly handed doping assessments” whereas already in Beijing, including that it’s taking measures to maintain Valieva’s “actually gained” gold.
“The doping take a look at of an athlete who examined optimistic doesn’t apply to the interval of the Olympic Video games. On the similar time, the athlete repeatedly handed doping assessments earlier than and after December 25, 2021, together with whereas already in Beijing throughout the determine skating match. All the outcomes are detrimental,” the ROC assertion mentioned.
“The Russian Olympic Committee is taking complete measures to guard the rights and pursuits of the members of the ROC Crew, and to maintain the actually gained Olympic gold medal.”
Why was Valieva allowed to compete?
The ITA, which leads the anti-doping program for the Beijing Winter Olympics, mentioned Valieva’s drug pattern was taken on the Russian Determine Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg on December 25.
Nevertheless, it took till February 8 for a laboratory in Sweden to report it had detected a banned substance — sooner or later after the ROC gained gold on the workforce occasion in Beijing.
Hormone and metabolic modulators are a category of medicine banned by WADA as a consequence of proof of athletes utilizing them for efficiency enhancement, as they’ll improve blood circulate and enhance endurance.
Valieva was instantly given a provisional suspension by Russia’s anti-doping company, which mechanically prohibits athletes from participation in all sports activities.
The determine skater challenged the suspension on February 9 and, at a listening to that very same day, the Russian anti-doping company determined to carry the provisional ban — permitting her to proceed competing on the Olympics, in accordance with the ITA.
At 15, Valieva is a minor and subsequently thought-about a “Protected Particular person” underneath the World Anti-Doping Code, which suggests her identify doesn’t have to be disclosed to the general public.
The ITA mentioned it launched her identification following media studies naming her primarily based on “unofficial data,” and the ITA mentioned it “acknowledges the need for official data as a consequence of heightened public curiosity.”
IOC ‘wanting on the entourage’
Russian athletes are unable to compete within the Olympics underneath their nation’s identify as a consequence of sanctions from the IOC and WADA because of the nation’s “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping guidelines throughout the 2014 Sochi Video games.
Talking to journalists Friday, IOC spokesperson Mark Adams mentioned the governing physique needed to “expedite” the case.
“We hope that the entire situation may be expedited within the curiosity of each athlete, not simply the Russians, but additionally within the curiosity of the entire athletes competing,” he mentioned.
In response to the Olympic web site that fee “advises the IOC Session, the IOC Govt Board and the IOC President on supporting and defending clear athletes.”
“We realized a while in the past that is very, essential that the entire individuals, the coaches, medical doctors and everybody across the athlete — it is necessary that they’ve their accountability too,” mentioned Adams on Friday.
“And by the way in which, we do not simply have a look at athletes concerned in these instances, we do have a look at the entourage. It is vitally necessary, however I actually do not wish to communicate a lot additional on this subject as a result of it strays into discussing the case and I can not do this I am afraid.”
The Worldwide Skating Union mentioned it’ll additionally train its proper to enchantment RUSADA’s determination to carry the ban on competing “and to ask CAS to reinstate the provisional suspension.”
On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned there was a “misunderstanding” over Valieva’s optimistic take a look at as he supplied full-throated help to the determine skater.
“We have now nice respect for each WADA and the IOC,” Peskov instructed reporters on a convention name.
“They’re coping with this case for the time being. Let’s not rush, let’s look forward to the completion of the proceedings and the choice of the IOC. For now, all of us help our Kamila Valieva and want her success.”
Requested if the Kremlin had any questions for Russian sports activities officers over the state of affairs, Peskov mentioned: “The Kremlin has no questions for the time being. The Kremlin has an enchantment to everybody: let’s wait. Our sports activities officers are doing their job.
“We’re satisfied that there was some sort of misunderstanding. Our sports activities officers have questions in regards to the timing of testing Valieva’s samples … however we don’t remark and don’t wish to touch upon the state of affairs, we’re ready for the completion of the proceedings.”
CNN’s Rebecca Wright, Christine Brennan and Nathan Hodge contributed reporting.